Creating a Positive Space at UBC Okanagan

Positive Space Campaign, an initiative to make UBC more welcoming to its LGBT*TQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* (transgender, transsexual, trans-identified), two-spirit, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual) communities held its first workshop on the Okanagan campus on August 13.

Positive Space Campaign aims to foster a welcoming atmosphere and inclusive, respectful dialogue on campus for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Facilitators for the August workshop are Ruthann Lee, Assistant Professor, Cultural Studies in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and Jenica Frisque, Equity and Inclusion Office Educator.

“I am totally thrilled to be co-facilitating a Positive Space workshop at the Okanagan campus,” said Lee. “Making UBCO an inclusive, safe, and welcoming space for all queer and transgendered people involves raising awareness about identity, power, and cultural difference, and this is a great place to start. During the workshop, we’ll work to create a non-threatening and enjoyable environment where participants can learn from one another about being allies on campus and beyond.“

Through informal discussions and scenarios, workshop participants will strengthen their understanding of issues related to homophobia, heterosexism, transphobia, queer culture and learn about local resources. All participants may pledge to become a volunteer resource person and display a Positive Space poster at their UBC work, living or study environment to let others know that it is a place where anyone can turn for support, resources and referrals on a wide variety of LGBT*TQIA+ issues.

Register online at positivespace.ubc.ca/workshops-okanagan-campus/

The Positive Space Campaign is coordinated by UBC Equity and Inclusion Office. Learn more at positivespace.ubc.ca